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Readers’ comments: The descent of dissent


In response to Kathy Gyngell: TCW’s Brexit Wall of Shame: The turncoat Daily Mail,

Badger wrote:

The media situation in Britain is decidedly unhealthy. Every one is to some degree on the left, with the possible exception of The Sun and The Express. The Telegraph had moved to the left by the time it had closed its blog site three or four years ago.

It is too late to do anything about May and Brexit but a Breitbart Radio station wouldn’t come amiss in the future. Like a British Fox News, only better. Even TV. Why not? We need something to help redress the balance.

Colonel Mustard wrote:

There are a few dissenting voices but no coherent dissenting movement or party suitably empowered to ensure political pluralism. And even the political dissenters are ‘chilled’ from speaking robustly, fearful of the leftist blob ‘outrage’ so enthusiastically whipped up by the media. We are different in that respect from the USA and becoming more like authoritarian European states.

The inherited legacy of the law-abiding English citizen free of government interference and intrusion has been eroded since Major, with acceleration of that erosion under Blair (who managed to subordinate the law to his cultural Marxist politics) and no pushback under Cameron, let alone May. Having promised to ‘sweep away’ New Labour’s nanny state, Cameron either did nothing or added to it via the likes of Claire Perry, one of the more stupid of his dodgy ‘intake’ who at university had been described as ‘a firebrand who wanted to nationalise the banks and overthrow capitalism’.

Our freedom of expression, always fragile, has been compromised by Blair’s bad law and the suborning of the police to a partisan political posture. You can count the ‘themes’ being imposed on us and constraining debate on the fingers of one hand. We all know what they are. Many think they are being rammed down our throats and wonder just why. From our political class and the media, answers come there none. The one peddles it and the other mainly goes along with it, bar those few dissenting voices.

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